Gunshots were fired, small bombs were thrown into the sites where anti-government protesters were gathering last night and before dawn leaving three injured.
Meanwhile a double-decker bus parked near the protest site was also damaged in what the driver said was an arson attack. The bus carried protesters from the South to join the mass protest in Bangkok.
The most serious case was reported near Hua Charng bridge or near the Pathumwan intersection where several thousands of protesters were rallying to oust the care taker prime minister.
Gunshots were fired by unknown number of gunmen into the security guards of the protesters at about midnight forcing passers-by, security guards, and protesters near the bridge to run for cover.
Guards said the gun shots were fired from either the overhead BTS sky train station and tall building nearby.
The gunshots were fired periodically but in a series for half and hour.
One security guard and two protesters were injured. They were admitted to Chulalongkorn hospital.
Meanwhile ping pong bombs were also thrown into the security guards of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT)last night. But there was no injury. Throughout the night till dawn, explosions were heard near where the guards stayed to ensure safety for protesters.
In another related incident, a double-decker bus parked in front of the Narng Lerng horse race course was also attacked by arsonist.
While attacks have been ongoing almost nightly against protesters for weeks, last nights violence was clearly a large, coordinated effort. The attacks suggest the regime’s police are carrying out a campaign of covert violence, as they had threatened to do since late December
Image: Thaksin Shianwatra’s “red shirts” disingenuously dress in white and claim they are campaigning for “peace against violence,” even though it is Thaksin Shianwatra’s regime that is carrying out nightly attacks against protesters, and his “men in black” gunmen have been present and accounted for during each deadly clash between protesters and police.
Meanwhile, during the day, the regime has been organizing “white shirt” candle lighting vigils it claims are for “promoting peace” against “violence.” The regime has also publicly stated it would not confront protesters. All of this is to maintain “plausible deniability” regarding the violence it is in fact organizing and carrying out at night.
Image: While “red shirt” protesters hung up banners claiming “Peaceful Protesters, Not Terrorists,” they had some 300 heavily armed, professional mercenaries augmenting their ranks and carrying out deadly violence for weeks, leaving 92 dead and scores of buildings in flames in April and May of 2010. A similar campaign of Orwellian doublespeak is being used today by Thaksin Shianwatra’s regime posing as peaceful and non-confrontational, even as it carries out a campaign of terrorism now nightly against protesters.
A similar propaganda ploy was used during 2010 violence in which pro-Thaksin protesters hung up banners stating “peaceful protesters, not terrorists,” even while a battalion of some 300 heavily armed, professional mercenaries filled their ranks and carried out deadly violence for weeks, leaving 92 dead and scores of building in flames by the end.
The ongoing “Occupy Bangkok” protests seek to oust Wall Street-backed, unelected dictator Thaksin Shinawatra and his nepotist, proxy regime from power.